Tom Watson was named as the captain to lead the US squad in this year’s Ryder’s cup in Scotland starting in this month of September. The moment he was selected as the captain of the squad a series of problems came down on him. The list of problems is increasing everyday as by every passing moment a new player is reported injured. The current squad announced in the previous week had only 6 players in the team and the last 3 were to be announced on 2nd September. These 3 players that will be selected will be selected by the captain using his rights. With all the speculations the final decision will be taken after the PGA championship tour.
The biggest disappointment came at the start of the PGA at Valhalla, when Matt Kuchar pulled out of the championship. His decision of pulling out from the championship came in the last moment and it was surprise for many. Apart from a surprise it was a shock for the US team captain as it raised more problems for him. Previously Kuchar withdrew from the last stage of the WGC- Bridgestone. After his withdrawal he practised and seemed to be fit from the back injury but his sudden withdrawal took Watson with a surprise and it raised an alarm in the US camp. Though there was good news as Tiger Woods reportedly was fit and was playing in the PGA tour. This was a great sigh of relief for team US but again Woods is out of practise and it will be a tough task for the team if Kuchar stays unfit for the Ryders cup and withdraws from it even. This will surely be the last thing that the US captain will be hoping to face before the Ryder cup.
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Paul Casey is one of those names in the world of Golf these days which is a symbol of calmness. He is currently sitting at the 125th position of the FedEx cup standings which is the final spot for making it into the first end of season play-offs. This play-off will be starting off with the Barclays in the upcoming week. In a press conference held recently Casey looked calm and confident for the task ahead. He said that he was desperate to win it and play it in the next week. His desperation looked in his play as in the opening round he scored 65 two back of the current leader. With this form he is sure to achieve what he desires for and it will quiet a challenge for him playing in both the European and PGA tour. He too admitted it saying that it was a dream to play in both for him but currently he is struck in between both of them and it is proving out to be difficult situation despite of his work in the game last year.
After the current 5 under in round 65 he also said that he loved playing this tournament and loved the golf course. It is a place where he has hit 16 out of 18 greens in regulation and he will be looking forward for the rest of the rounds. He also shared that he feels the pressure of playing but it his current situation of not being at the do or die situation keeps him cool and calm in all the pressure situations. In his last words of the press conference he yet again said that he was extremely happy with the 5 under he played today in the tournament.
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Michelle Wie started hitting it when she was around fourteen as far as few players of the PGA tours, and she still wasn’t the longest hitter as far as women’s gold is concerned. Given the situation, no one actually know what next to expect.
If you involve your average eleven year old child in a conversation pertaining to architecture, and all you might get from him or her is details of Bob The Builder, the shocking speed with which the protagonist of Frozen erected her ice castle or Milke Mulligan’s steam shovel. However Luy Li, on Tuesday was discussing Donald Ross, when the youngest qualifier of the US Women’s Open gave her all giggly interview, in front of the press at the Ross masterpiece.
Talking about Ross, she said the very well knows about Donald Ross because she has previously played at the Country Club of Charleston the past year and in San Francisco at the Peninsula Golf Club, and she knows that Ross loves creating undulating greens.
This 5 ft 1 inch wonder of the US Women’s Open shot 74-68 at the Half Moon Bay, and bagged the sectional qualifiers by 7 shots. The 6th grader, now at eleven broke the record held by Lexi Thompson to be the youngest qualifier ever. Lexi was twelve when she got through the qualifiers of the US Open back in 2007.
Sitting together with Li in the same coach, Thompson went all chatty saying that she practiced her autograph on the way to the Pine Needles. She further added that it was quite overwhelming for her to meet and play with players she has only seen on screens, so she was extremely excited and had to keep on telling herself that she is taking part in the upcoming Majors
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Adam Scott will be heading into the US Open, the second major of the year on the back of becoming the new world number one. On the other hand, former major winner Phil Mickelson will be looking to complete a Grand Slam of career majors as he tries to secure the elusive US Open title.
Meanwhile, Tiger Woods has been ruled out for the major, his second of the season after missing out on the Masters in Augusta earlier in the year as the former world number one still seeks a way to break the curse of the 15th major, which has eluded him since 2008.
The likes of Scott, Bubba Watson and Rory McIlroy have all had brilliant seasons so far with Watson coming into the US Open after winning the second major of his career at Augusta.
But all of them will know, the course at Pinehurst will offer quite a formidable test to their skills. The lush greens that feature the most minimal safe landing areas will offer them very little scope for error.
The Aussie Scott feels he is heading into the US Open with the right kind of form but he will know this is one major that has proved the most difficult for him to crack with no finishes in the top ten in twelve attempts.
He said that he is playing well and feels that he has the right momentum going into the US Open.
Mickelson, who is the reigning British Open champion, said that of the majors, his record is perhaps the best at the US Open after the Masters but he will know the competition provided to him will be a stern test of his character and skill with the likes of McIlroy and Watson all keen to add to their major honors.
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Organizers of the Travellers Championship 2014 at the TPC River Highlands have announced that two of the most impressive golfers of the PGA tour, Matt Kuchar and Dustin Johnson, have committed to take part in the prestigious competition which will be held from June 16th to 22nd. The organizers have expressed their joy at the number of talent which will be playing at the tournament and it will sure be quite helpful for the image and collections of the tournament.
The new season has been quite exceptional for Dustin Johnson who currently finished 3rd in the Fed Ex Cup and then ninth in the OWGR (Official World Golf Rankings). It was only been few months into the season, and the American has already achieved five top 10 finishes in his last six competitions. It included two runners up places at Northern Trust Open and AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and also a win at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions event and two second-place finishes at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and Northern Trust Open.
World number 11 Matt Kucher has also made a great start to the season which saw him complete four finishes in the top 10 and also rank 41st in the Fed Ex Cup. He has been quite consistent with his performance in the PGA Tours and he holds the most number of top 10 PGA Tour finishes from 2010 (41 out of 102 starts). Matt Kucher will be looking to add a victory to his record and the competition will be huge boost.
The additions of the two talented golfers will bolster the existing rooster of the Patrick Reed, Brandt Snedeker, Bubba Watson, Hunter Mahan and also the defending champion Ken Duke. The tickets of the TPC Championship event are already available for the crowd and according to the organizers, it is doing quite well.